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Bradley Manning’s Trial, NSA Leaks & the Ever-Increasing Secrecy of the National Security State

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On Friday, I participated in one of the better chats or discussions that I have done with others on Bradley Manning, government secrecy, the broken system of classification and the pursuit of whistleblowers or truth-tellers by the Obama administration. The chat also discussed the disclosures a whistleblower in government is now making on the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs.

The show is called “The OpenGlobal Show.” It is a new program, and this was the second episode.

Joshua Foust, a freelance writer and former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, and Katherine Maher, a fellow with the Truman Security Project, both participated in the discussion. It was hosted by Taylor Owen, a host of OpenCanada.org.

The segment began with me providing a summary and update on Bradley Manning’s trial. Foust and Maher both provided updates on the top secret court order for Verizon call data and the PRISM surveillance program.

It then veers into some more general areas, where I think we address some of the deeper issues created by Obama’s war on whistleblowing and/or leaks, which is a war on information and a war on journalism as well.

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I am speaking at the Left Forum this morning on a panel with NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and Justice Department whistleblower and the Government Accountability Project’s national security division director, Jesselyn Radack. I will share video of that if it becomes available.

There are posts related to the NSA leaks and Bradley Manning’s trial that I am working on producing. But, for now, I will leave you with this quote from a pretrial document the US Army recently released. This comes from the government’s response to the defense’s speedy trial motion:

The gravity of the accused’s overall misconduct, the urgency to limit any further disclosures, and the eighteen months of ongoing public releases of the compromised documents by WikiLeaks significantly impacted the length of pretrial confinement

This was a nuance that did not come out in my coverage because I, like other reporters in the United States, were denied access to military court records that would generally be made available to press covering civilian court proceedings.

Finally, thanks to my assistant, Jeff, who has been helping me with getting my coverage of Manning up on this blog and will continue to do so throughout the summer.

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Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola

Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure."